Bathrobe photography: a strange case of passiflora
No flower is weirder (IMHO) than the passionflower, of which there are two varieties currently blooming in our N TX backyard.
The first is this “standard” version (Passiflora caerulea), commonly called Blue Passionflower. You can see why I call it weird: it appears to have been designed either by committee or an artistically-minded schizophrenic. What are all those parts supposed to do, anyway? (And no, I’m not fishing for a botanical drill down, thanks very much.)
The second variety is Green Passionflower (Passiflora tenuiloba), a far more inconspicuous yet no less curious variety whose bloom, instead of being big and showy, is extremely difficult to locate due to its size (smaller than a dime) and generally drab coloration. Furthermore, this vine tends to put out blooms only in high places beyond the range of my tripod’s telescoping legs. Thus the shaky nature of the photo above, which was the best I could do hand-held at 105mm macro.
To clear your perceptional palate of the prior shaky-cam photo, I’m including this shot of the tiny decorative blossoms of the Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum), quite curious in its own right. The blooms are so miniscule they are barely noticeable except for their brilliant color. Same goes for their seedpods, which as you can see are bright red.
And finally, I leave you with this shot of some eggs Anne discovered under the leaf of a plant she was pruning. It was only after processing the image that we also discovered the tiny spidery creatures surrounding them, which appeared to our naked eyes as mere specs of dirt.
A fine example of the surprises in store for those who take up macro photography – and, perhaps, a cautionary tale.